A Danbury Township man will likely die in prison for raping and drugging a 13-year-old girl last summer.
Dale Notestine, 62, 500 block of N. Lake Pine Drive, was sentenced to 96 years in prison during a hearing Thursday in the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court. If he survives his sentence, he will remain on mandatory post-release control for five years.
Notestine was convicted of four counts of rape, seven counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, 12 counts of corrupting another with drugs, one count each of disseminating harmful matter to a juvenile and possession of drug paraphernalia and three other drug charges.
He was acquitted on the remaining charges, including 11 counts of rape.
The sentencing was scheduled to be continued at 8:30 a.m. today with a classification hearing, Ottawa County assistant prosecutor Lorrain Croy said. Notestine will likely be registered as a Tier 3 sex offender, which means he will be registered as a sexual offender for life.
The victim's grandmother said she was happy with the sentencing.
"The day I had to sit and listen to the horrible things he did to my grandchild -- I can't get those pictures out of my head," she said, "but maybe I can, knowing he will go to prison."
The girl testified at trial that, in June 2007, Notestine provided her with crack cocaine.
While she was drugged, she said he touched, fondled and raped her over the course of two weeks.
Notestine is expected to spend his life at a correctional center in Grafton. With the knowledge that he will likely die in prison, the grandmother said she does not feel sorry for him.
"I'm a Christian, but I'm also human," she said. "I don't feel any remorse. I can't help it. It's too fresh. Maybe in time. Right now my concern is (her)."
The girl is adjusting well and will become a freshman in high school in the fall, the grandmother said.
"She's my hero because she spoke up," she said. "She's doing great. She's really a fighter so she's going to be OK."